Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsGeorge Ezra has expanded his headlining tour into the summer. The English singer-songwriter's new batch of dates begin July 27 in Washington, D.C. and conclude August 11 in Seattle. Visit GeorgeEzra.com for all the ticket info.
Ezra is currently touring North America in support of his debut album, Wanted on Voyage, through April 22 in New York City. The trek also includes a stop at Coachella.
For a preview of Ezra's live show, the "Budapest" singer will make his Saturday Night Live debut on the March 28 episode, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.
Here are all of George Ezra's new tour dates:
7/27 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
7/28 -- New York City, NY, Terminal 5
7/29 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
8/4 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
8/7 -- San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands
8/8 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
8/9 -- BC, Canada, Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/11 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
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Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this week, rumors surfaced that Ariana Grande’s diva-like behavior on the set of the upcoming Fox show Scream Queens was causing serious problems with co-star Emma Roberts. But on Friday, representatives from Fox Studios told VH1 those rumors are completely untrue. In fact, Ariana hasn’t even been to the set because she’s been on tour.
“Ariana Grande is currently on tour and has yet to hit the stages of Scream Queens,” the reps said. “These rumors are false and we look forward to working with her.”
The rumors, reported on by VH1's The Gossip Table, claimed Ariana had banned cell phones from the set to prevent any pictures of her near the catering table from surfacing. The Gossip Table said Emma supposedly went screaming to show creator Ryan Murphy about how upset she was over Ariana’s behavior.
Once she finishes up her Honeymoon Tour, Ariana is slated to have a recurring guest role on the series.
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Ben Watts; Jeff Daly/NBCEd Sheeran has written a number of tracks for One Direction. So how does he feel about Zayn Malik’s sudden departure from the group? The singer told Australian radio show Hughesy and Kate he supports Zayn’s decision.
"I think whatever makes him happy. The most important thing in life is to be happy, and if he was unhappy in that situation then, yeah, don't stay in it," he said. "You don't want to make yourself unhappy just to earn money, that's not what life's about. You're meant to enjoy life, and if he wasn't enjoying his life then fair play to him."
Ed does note that Zayn’s situation is very different from his own. "I think the difference between me taking a break and him taking a break is he has four other people to worry about," Ed said. "I'll definitely take a break, but it won't be a noticeable break because no one will be like, 'He's left the band.'"
Zayn’s departure was announced Wednesday, and the 22-year-old spoke out about his decision for the first time Friday, in an interview published in the U.K. newspaper The Sun. Sayn said he felt bad about letting the fans down, but at the same time he feels like he’s “doing what’s right.”
According to Billboard, Zayn’s label management team is already positioning him for a future solo career. He’s signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records as a group member, and also individually. There’s reportedly a “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal that allows the act to continue as a foursome, and offers the label the option to pick up Zayn’s contract as a solo artist.
However, Zayn leaving could mean less money for the remaining members of the group -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album contract signed in 2013. The contract reportedly outlined that if one or more of the guys leave during that time period, each member could be paid less because they're likely to be less viable.
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Eric Ryan Anderson for BillboardStarting next month, Hozier will be a familiar face at music festivals around the world -- from Australia's Byron Bay to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to California's Coachella, Tennessee's Bonnaroo and England's V Festival. But it's unlikely that those shows will be more memorable than Hozier's very first festival experience, during which he passed out.
Speaking to Billboard for its new cover story, Hozier says he was 16 when he attended his first music festival as a fan. "I waited in the pit for hours to see James Brown," he recalls, referring to the late Godfather of Soul. "My back was breaking, and I was fainting throughout the day. I got to be in the front row, and it was incredible."
Hozier, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says that he never expected that he would end up playing to thousands and thousands of fans at festivals around the world, including Coachella, which he calls "one of the big mother" festivals.
"I'd made a conscious decision to write music for a much smaller audience. I did not think it would resonate with mainstream culture," he tells Billboard.
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